News The eye of the storm: Speakes in the White House in 1982

An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.

Merrill Lynch delays Manhattan building project

The credit market crisis is forcing Wall Street firms to rip up even some of their best-laid plans, the latest example being Merrill Lynch's decision to postpone the building of a hi-tech skyscraper in midtown Manhattan.

AstraZeneca closes in on £600m deal for CAT

Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) is set to become the latest biotech group to lose its independence, selling out to AstraZeneca in a deal worth about £600m.

Boots blames rising interest rates for slowdown in sales

Boots sent the first signal that the retail sector had failed to bounce back after a disappointing Christmas yesterday with a profit warning that knocked 4 per cent off its share price. Just six weeks after reassuring the City that profits to the end of March were on track, the group admitted its sales growth had dried amid a wider slowdown on the high street.

Market Report: Amvescap investors make a dash for the exit

Investors scrambled to exit Amvescap yesterday amid growing worry that next week's third-quarter results from the fund management giant are set to disappoint. The latest anxiety to surround the company was caused by a note from Merrill Lynch in which the broker slashed its earnings forecasts for Amvescap. Merrill cut its estimates by 4 per cent for the current year and 9 per cent for 2005, sending shares in the fund manager tumbling 11p to 280.5p.

Banker in sex-bias case denies she was 'pampered princess'

A senior banker suing Merrill Lynch in a multimillion-pound sex discrimination case denied yesterday that she was "a pampered princess".

Market Report: 'Sell' note puts pressure on Bradford & Bingley

Merrill Lynch certainly did not pull any punches in its investment note on Bradford & Bingleyyesterday. It bluntly told investors to sell the stock and set a fair value target of 254p.

Market Report: Broker soothes fears over Kingfisher's Easter

Worries about trading at Kingfisher during the all-important Easter weekend have been exaggerated. That was the message from Merrill Lynch to its clients yesterday after a meeting with Duncan Tatton-Brown, the retailer's finance director.

Fund managers turn more bullish on shares

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

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